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Sigh, a wonderful weekend is over
Monday, April 30, 2012      3 comments

Our team won!!!! The wonderful young men of the Drake University Tennis team won the Missouri Valley Conference title this afternoon when the last point needed was scored by Jonathan in a tie break. Very exciting and pretty soon the entire team.... Read more
Why do we despise ourselves?
Friday, April 27, 2012      7 comments

I have been reading introductions from new members and blogs of regular members and I was trying to figure out what was making me feel so discouraged. Then it hit me, all of these people (I was there once too) seem to see no value in themselves... Read more
What I found in the frig
Thursday, April 19, 2012      10 comments

A couple days ago it was getting close to supper time and I had no idea what we would have. So I began an inventory of the frig. I ended up with a tasty, healthy meal. It's amazing what happens when you keep healthy food around and don't have... Read more
Oops, my body has changed
Monday, April 16, 2012      10 comments

I am sitting with with such rumblings in my innards, I think I almost sound like the percussion section of an orchestra and I am most uncomfortable. I don't remember that last time I consumed over 2000 calories in a day and went way over my fat... Read more
Pet Photos
Sunday, April 15, 2012      11 comments

In our house, our pets keep me active... back and forth letting them outside many times as day.... the dogs that is. The cats just disappear or purr on our laps and shoulders. ... Read more
Can a 7 minute change help?
Friday, April 13, 2012      4 comments

I know we all are very leery of quick fixes to the issues we face from weight loss to maintenance to dealing with family, grief, depression, stress issues. So when the title of this site was "Lose weight in just 7 minutes" you can imagine my sk... Read more
The Power of Positive
Wednesday, April 11, 2012      8 comments

In the month of April, I volunteer at a local academy for troubled teens teaching poetry. Today was my second visit and as usual, the girls were enthusiastic and listened with interest. The boys are a different story. They are full of enthusi... Read more
Productive days
Tuesday, April 10, 2012      2 comments

Two days into the week and I have done more than I usually do in a week. Monday after breakfast got to Spark and got lots done. Late morning was trip to Costco and lunch. Afternoon was picking up around house, doing yoga and early evening a g... Read more
The Tulips in Pella, Iowa, April 6, 2012 Pictures
Saturday, April 07, 2012      9 comments

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15 things to give up for greater happiness
Thursday, April 05, 2012      1 comments

Here's on example: 12. Give up your excuses. Send them packing and tell them they’re fired. You no longer need them. A lot of times we limit ourselves because of the many excuses we use. Instead of growing and working on improving ourselves an... Read more
Can Yoga alleviate pain?
Tuesday, April 03, 2012      5 comments

Check out this link for the answer: www.belleruthnaparstek.c
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This is from My Inner Pilot Light... dealing with hurt
Monday, April 02, 2012      5 comments

I know your have been hurt. I know your heart has been broken I know how disappointed you are. It's so unfair - you never should have had to experience such things. You deserve better. It never should have happened. I'm so sorry for what you en... Read more
Met virtual friends in the real world
Sunday, April 01, 2012      7 comments

Today I went to the Central Iowa Yoga Retreat. As I was helping people check in, a very pleasant looking woman said, "CarolJean?" and I responded "Garden Girl!". We knew the other was going to be there, but it was amazing to recognize and imm... Read more
Changing Language to change perception
Friday, March 30, 2012      6 comments

I would love to quote gobs of this article I just read, however, in keep with Spark policy, I will post the link and encourage you to read an article that challenged my thinking.
e-your-problems-and-set-yo... Read more
I don't
Tuesday, March 27, 2012      4 comments
thWomensHealth_20120327 What two words made a difference to those losing or maintaining weight.... What i... Read more

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